Two more keynotes added for upcoming March on Washington Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference – March 17-20, 2013

Two more keynotes added for upcoming March on Washington Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference – March 17-20, 2013

March 18, 2013 11:14 AM


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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
(202) 547-7424

WASHINGTON D.C. (March 15, 2013) – NAHC is pleased to announce the addition of two speakers, Karyn Buxman and the Honorable Barbara Kennelly, to its powerful line up for the upcoming March on Washington | Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference & Exposition on March 17 through March 20 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Speaking at the Monday afternoon general session from 4:00-5:30 pm is Karyn Buxmanis Founder and President of HUMORx, a humor based stress management and communications company. Karyn’s commitment to spreading the good news of humor is evident in her contributions to several book anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the Nurses’ Soul, Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul and Give Stress A Rest. Karyn also wrote and published, “This Won’t Hurt a Bit! And other Fractured Truths in Healthcare,” a 96-page collection of stories, quotes, jokes and cartoons for those on the giving and receiving end of healthcare.

Speaking at the Wednesday general session from noon to 1:30 pm is Barbara Kennelly,former Democratic Member of Congress from Connecticut who served nine terms starting in 1982. She spent much of her recent career in the Social Security and health fields, participating in critical healthcare policy debates, especially involving Medicare and has helped shape legislative initiatives that advanced the multiple interests of consumer groups, the health insurance industry, hospitals, practitioners, nursing homes and others.

For home care providers, the conference provides an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Medicare and Medicaid legislative, legal and regulatory policy and for those in the home care industry to educate their elected officials on issues that have the greatest impact on their ability to deliver high quality, cost-effective home based services. The meeting is four days and features educational sessions, addresses by leading home care and hospice advocates, and insights from political pundits. The Private Duty conference is the largest meeting for private-duty decision makers and will focus on solid operational, sales, and marketing content with immediate takeaways for private duty agencies, including innovative and easy-to-implement ideas.

Additional key events are:

  • Monday, March 18, 9:00 am – 10:15 am: Back for a second year, the wildly popular (with shockingly accurate predictions) keynote address by political analysts Alex Castellanos (CNN) and Mark Shields (PBS NewsHour)
  • Tuesday, March 19, 8:30am – 10:00 am*:  “Senate Breakfast and Briefing” featuring some of the leading voices in Congress that have advocated for home care and hospice in recent years. While speakers are still being confirmed for 2013, joining NAHC will be Senators Susan Collins (ME), Al Franken (MN), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Mary Landrieu (LA), Jerry Moran (KS), Pat Roberts (KS), and Mark Warner (VA).

*Russell Senate Office Building

The importance of grassroots advocacy will take on added urgency in 2013, with an administration and Congress debating the future of healthcare. The home care and hospice community must unite to bring the issues affecting the industry to the front of the public policy debate.

“Because home care has already been cut by $77 billion since 2009, which has reduced the  number of patients that qualify for Medicare services and pushed many providers to the brink of bankruptcy, it seems illogical that home care would be asked to take additional Medicare cuts,” said Val J. Halamandaris. “However, some Members of Congress are driven by the mistaken idea that copayments will save money. Copays didn’t work in 1972 and won’t work today.”

Now that the sequestration has gone into effect, home health and hospice Medicare payment rates will be cut 2% starting April 1, 2013. The Medicare home care benefit which was $17 billion in 2009 has been cut by $77 billion over the next ten years.  As a result of these cuts about 50 percent of all Medicare participating agencies are projected to be under water in 2014 — that is, paid less than their costs by Medicare.  Congress should resist making additional cuts in home care for any reason, including postponement/elimination of cuts in Medicare physician fees or for deficit reduction.


The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC, visit